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Address: Honokohau Marina, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number:
+1 808-896-7391

Wild dolphin swims and humpback whale watching

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Best experience in the water.

John is truly a dolphine whisperer. Before we went put on our trip, he sang a Hawaiian chant or song it was so beautiful. It felt as though we were surrounded by dolphins the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

John is truly a dolphine whisperer. Before we went put on our trip, he sang a Hawaiian chant or song it was so beautiful. It felt as though we were surrounded by dolphins the entire time we were out at sea. You can just tell by John's presence that he truly cares about these creatures. It was absolutely magical and... More 

Thank tmsalley
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50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was a very well-organized, environmentally-conscious operation. We were instructed not to swim toward, kick in the water or attempt to touch the dolphins. They also made sure that we applied sunscreen before boarding the boats to minimize the wash off that can damage the reefs. Great opportunity to float in the water and have dolphins swim by you. The... More 

Thank Michelle P
Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
Reviewed 7 August 2016

It was spectacular to swim with dolphins & watch their joy & grace from the boat too. Also wonderful to see John's love & respect for them.

Thank Patty S
Dittelbrunn, Germany
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We had the boat just for us, so we've got a lot of time to find quiet places with the Dolphins. We've seen lots of those beautiful creatures. John knows how it works. Thanks a lot for a great day!!! 🐬🐬🐬

Thank ruppert100
San Marcos, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 22 July 2016

John brings a kind spirit to the experience and takes it seriously. I appreciate his respect for the dolphins. He has a seasoned intuition and the perfect sized boat to maneuver into the right positions. I was fortunate to have swam above a circling pod and was there when they surfaced a half dozen times. Words cannot explain the wonder... More 

Thank Artesian_Traveler
Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2016

John is an authentic being whose professionalism, knowledge, experience and wisdom of the water and it's creatures is evident in how he conducts his outings/excursions. Our trip to sea with John was a highlight of our Big Island adventures. The dolphin encounters were magnificent, I like that we stayed far from the throngs of other operators. Our connection with the... More 

Thank Lo L
Kealakekua, Hawaii
1 review
Reviewed 30 August 2015

I’ve been out with John four times over the last few years. I’ve never been disappointed on any of those adventures. Dropping into the water and being surrounded by dolphins and hearing them is truly an amazing experience. I don’t know how John keeps an eye on all his snorkelers at once, but he never fails. When one group of... More 

Thank HappyGirl1995
Sunshine Coast, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

All home in Oz now, met up and reviewed our experience. We just experienced such a magic day and all loved John and his energy, knowledge so very much. Thanks for the amazing adventure and connections to our dolphin/whale families! Just a highlight of experience for so many of us…. even managed to get those in the water we never... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2015

We had a HUGE blast going out with John on his boat! Our family met him in the appointed place and before we knew it we were off on our adventure. We were surrounded by dolphins right from the start! We found two different pods, both were quite large. Observing dolphins in the open ocean was an astounding experience! There... More 

1 Thank C H
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2015

I was thrilled that John Float of Dolphin Essence had room on his boat to take me snorkeling with the wild spinner dolphins this week. I first chose his swim when I was here four years ago because he advertised no more than 6 passengers at a time. It made a huge difference then because when the dolphins went to... More 

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